American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
- n. A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.
- n. The power or right to introduce a new legislative measure.
- n. The right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate.
- adj. Of or relating to initiation.
- adj. Used to initiate; initiatory.
- idiom. on (one's) own initiative Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to initiate; initiatory.
- n. An introductory act or step; the first procedure in any enterprise; leading movement: as, to take the initiative.
- n. The power of commencing, originating, or setting on foot; the power of taking or the ability or disposition to take the lead: as, the popular branch of a legislature usually has the initiative in making appropriations.
- n. Specifically, the right to propose legislation, supplementary to the referendum. In Switzerland the initiative is in the form of a petition which is signed by a certain number of voters and which demands a popular vote upon a measure.
- n. A beginning; a first move.
- n. A new development; a fresh approach to something; a new way of dealing with a problem.
- n. The ability to act first or on one's own.
- n. An issue to be voted on, brought to the ballot by a sufficient number of signatures from among the voting public.
- adj. In which voter initiatives can be brought to the ballot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary.
- n. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins.
- n. The right or power to introduce a new measure or course of action, as in legislation.
- n. (Political Science) The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with
the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority (commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state-wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments.
- n. a character trait manifested in a readiness and ability to initiate action; an enterprising spirit; a go-getting attitude; energy; drive; get-up-and-go.
- n. in interactive activities, such as conversation or games, the right or opportunity to set the course of action.
- n. readiness to embark on bold new ventures
- n. the first of a series of actions
- adj. serving to set in motion
- From French initiative, from Medieval Latin *initiativus ("serving to initiate"), from Late Latin initiare ("to begin, Latin initiate"), from Latin initium ("beginning"), from ineo ("enter, begin"). (Wiktionary)
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“Chelsea had only managed six points from their previous six away games, a sequence that was threatening to hand the title initiative to Sir Alex Ferguson's team, but Drogba wrestled that back in impressive fashion.”
“Since the 1-1 draw seven weeks ago at Blackburn Rovers that seemed to hand the title initiative to Manchester United, Lampard has scored 11 goals in nine games, including a remarkable four in the 7-1 rout of Aston Villa.”
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“Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that Wayne Rooney's absence could allow his side to seize the title initiative from Manchester United when the two clubs clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.”
“Meanwhile, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that Wayne Rooney's absence could allow his side to seize the title initiative from United.”
“Red Bull's implosion by the ocean handed the title initiative to Ferrari's Fernando”
“However, all contract talk is likely to be put firmly to the back of minds as the Blues attempt to wrestle the title initiative back from Glentoran.”
“Also imbedded in the initiative is the requirement that any proposed increase to the scope or rate of the income tax be approved via a public vote.”
“This initiative is a matter of great importance to our country," O'Connor told CNN.”
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